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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

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Camp Nugget 2018 Information


Camp Nugget provides small group instruction by university students enrolled in the KIN Department who are studying to receive an Adapted Physical Education Teaching Credential under the supervision of Dr. Barry Lavay, CSULB Professor. Camp activities include aquatics with swim instruction, fundamental motor skills, health-related physical fitness, dance, lead-up cooperative games, and adapted sports. The 4 week program begins usually the last Monday in June and continues through-out the first three weeks of July.

Camp Nugget is designed for children with special needs and disabilities ages 5 - 12 years. The child/staff ratio is four children to one staff member. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide an assistance with their child if their child requires intense one-on-one instruction This also includes the swimming portion of camp. For example if their child: (a) will run away from the group (b) has such a severe disability that he/she requires full-time physical assistance, including hand over on hand assistance at all times.
(1-1 Support Handout) A parent meeting will be held the first day of camp and the parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please read the brochure carefully to see if your child qualfies for the program and mail with your information to the adress provided on the registration form.

Camp Nugget is offered Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and the cost is $400.00. Registration usually begins in early April and is on a first come for serve basis. Some full and partial scholarships are available based on need.

Camp Nugget 2018 dates are June 18 to July 13, M-F from 9am - Noon


Estate Planning Workshop 2017

with JOSHUA AND LAURA MEIER Orange County Family Trust Attorneys and MARCI MILLER of the Miller Advocay Group (Special Education Law)

Thursdays June 22 2017 from 9:30 to 11:00 2016 in the Kinesiology building, room 62,we will offer a free workshop on Legal Protections for Children with Special Needs. Please see the Workshop Flyer for more information and how you can register by email or phone. Free parking will be provided.


Thank You to Camp Nugget Donors

Camp Nugget would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community partners and sponsors for its support of the program.We appreciate the generous contributions from Ms. Michele Jesolva, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pellerito, Mrs. Rae Gabelich, Long Beach Airport, Meier Law Firm, Miller Advocacy Group, Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, Employees Community Fund of Boeing and BJ’s Restaurant.

WAIT LIST Camp Nugget 2018 June 18 to July 13 is filled

Camp Nugget 2018 June 18th to July 13 2018 is filled and we have started a wait list. Due to safety, facility accommodations, and most importantly to assure quality instruction we are limited in the number of children with special needs we can effectively accommodate each summer. The majority of the children who are registered for Camp Nugget will remain but there may be a few openings after the first day. Please send an email to  indicating that you wish to be placed on the Camp Nugget wait list with parent name, contact information and child’s name and age. Thank you Dr. Lavay


Learn More About Camp Nugget & Registration Procedures


Each year the first wave of brochures with registration forms go out via email in early March.

Click the link 2018 Brochure

complete and mail email registration with deposit to assure a spot

You can contact us at to learn more about the programand it is important to be placed on the mailing list.

L.A. Parent Magazine Features
Camp Nugget

In “Inclusive LA 2017” Camp Nugget is featured in a story regarding summer programs for children with special needs (pages 37-38). The Magazine also provides a list of other special needs camps.


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